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4mths ago this started and court just ruled favor last Friday
this occurred about 4 mths ago, the family court just in my favor last week, child services about 3 weeks ago,
Thank you for your follow-up, Jean. Please allow me to explain each of those terms that you brought up and see what may and what may not be possible.To claim defamation, either as slander (oral) or as libel (written), you need to prove 4 factors:1. A defamatory (untrue) statement2. Of or concerning the plaintiff3. Communicated to third parties AND4. Damages, specifically financial damages (generally emotional damages do not count in this cause of action).Truth is the ultimate defense. If what he is showing is true, there is no defamation. It is irrelevant if he stole the information or obtained it fairly, if what he is showing is actually true, you cannot file suit for this cause of action.What you can instead consider is a suit for invasion of privacy, specifically on the basis of 'public disclosure of private facts'. This involves showing that the public disclosure of what is essentially private information must be 'objectionable to a reasonable person' of ordinary sensibilities. Here, liability may atach even if he can claim that he has a first amendment right to show the information to third parties.Seeking a claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress is likewise unlikely. To prove "IIED" you must show that the behavior was so extreme and outrageous that any reasonable person would consider it to be improper. Plus, there must be intent or recklessness and a causation that would create damages, in this case 'severe emotional damages'. Severity must be extreme--for example there must be a medical record showing a change in bodily health or an adverse side effect. For example if someone is told inappropriate information and suffers a stroke due to the information, then that would be considered 'extreme' and 'severe'. Being told information that makes someone cry for a day or two is likely not enough to be deemed 'severe'. I am only providing this as a basis that the courts utilize, not to minimize anyone's suffering. But at least so far I do not see enough to claim that this would be a viable cause of action.What you may instead want to consider is filing suit for harassment. That may permit you damages. In addition there may be a suit for tortious interference with business relationship, which could allow you to seek loss of income and opportunity loss.Good luck.
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